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  1. Rec 44

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    A short piece on Clark Kent, effective altruist. This is either incomplete or complete but open-ended, and either way, I don't intend to add more to it, though I'm sure I could if I had a gun pressed to my head. This has been sitting in my drafts folder for a long time, and after reading it over a few times, I haven't found any sufficiently satisfactory conclusion to it, in part because the central question appears to me to be unsolvable. Apologies for any misrepresentation of effective altruism, Superman canon, basic science, or economics.

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    21 Sep 2022

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    Intruiging and well-written, though not as intriguing as if I weren’t already familiar with the philosophies described. The lack of an ending – an answer – is very understandable, but it does make this story feel incomplete, so it’s not a Favorite. I do recommend it for those who haven’t read the author’s similar story Metropolitan Man, or for other who read Metropolitan Man and enjoyed it.

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    Now complete with less vague summary! Post-war adventure across the British countryside, Hermione accidentally falls in love with Narcissa Malfoy, classified missions and intrigue and dementors oh my, Ron isn't a jerk (what?! unheard of!), slow burn romance with a Serious Plot. "This is your last chance to turn back. I won't be responsible for any nightmares it brings you."

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    12 Sep 2022

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    Also favorited on FanFiction.Net.

    As I wrote in a review of chapter 29 there (no spoilers):

    I love the density of callbacks in this story, to events or details both in earlier chapters and in canon. It makes the whole work cohesive. Hermione’s murmur of “contracts really are the best invention ever” in this chapter is just the latest example.

    The story says real things about relationships and how we should treat both those we love and those we hate (particularly criminals).
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    Ginny finds an old artifact that houses an evil soul that keeps trying to possess her. She is NOT doing this again.

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    11 Sep 2022

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    The story included nice details about Ginny and the world around her that kept it realistic and interesting. The characterizations seemed good, though I don't know Bakura from Yu-Gi-Oh. I was curious what would happen most of the way through. Bakura's behavior near the end surprised me and was not explained to one who doesn't know him from his original show. The ending didn't resolve as much as I hoped, and didn't seem like the grand victory the author presented it as.

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    Circumstance makes Harry an offer he can't refuse.


    “I can get you the Elixir of Life,” Harry says. “But I need your help with something else.”

    “You,” says Voldemort, cautious now, wary now that this confrontation hasn’t gone at all like he expects, a little incredulous, “need Lord Voldemort to help you?”

    Harry looks right past him for a second, jaw tense. “Yeah. You’re the only one who can, apparently.”

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    10 Sep 2022

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    At 35/? chapters, very good so far. Harry is acting with a realistic mix of inspired courage and foolish blindness. Harry's mistakes are understandable based on the well-depicted stress and horrors his affliction causes.

    We have caught up to the prologue. I’m still awaiting resolution of Harry's quest. If everything is wrapped up well, I would tag this story a Favorite.

  5. Rec 11

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    In the grim darkness of the near future, there is only AI art.

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    04 Sep 2022

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    A thought-provoking world and a relatable main character. The plot is mostly interesting, but the ending is underwhelming, perhaps because of its ambiguity.

  6. Rec 56

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    Newly minted auror Harry Potter is assigned to partner with the DMLE's loose cannon, Nymphadora Tonks, on her last chance with the Department. buddy-cop, Honks fic.
    If you want to read the story with italics, emboldened words, and proper formatting, check it out on FFN. Ao3 doesn't handle the conversion well.

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    30 Aug 2022

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    I like the plot of the crimes Harry and Tonks investigate and who the perpetrator(s) ends up being. It’s a thought-provoking mirror of the real world. Harry does carry the Idiot Ball once in chapter 10, but I can forgive that given the rest. This non-Voldemort world still feels believable and the main characters do have unique characterizations. The romance is a bit bittersweet, and I would have appreciated a little more exploration about what they see in each other, but it was still nice.

    Also on FanFiction.Net.

  7. Public Bookmark 24

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    All Su Li wanted was the freedom to run her business and pursue her interests. Unfortunately, the only way to guarantee that was to enlist the aid of Britain's greatest - and most insane - hero, Harry Potter. Even the best-laid plans don't go off without a hitch, though...

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    30 Aug 2022

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    The story was interesting. Even though the explanation for Harry’s madness seemed obvious, there was more depth to it than I thought. Su Li did seem rather shallow, though, and it didn’t seem fair that Harry ended up with her kind of by default. If she were the type of person to lie to Harry about her plan so early, would she really care about him so much and not make any more relationship mistakes in the story?

    Also on FanFiction.Net.

  8. Public Bookmark 18

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    Demelza Robins has spent five years at Hogwarts hiding in her best friend's shadow, paralyzed by insecurities and anxiety. But as her Fifth Year begins, her feelings for a boy forces her to confront her fears, stand on her own two feet, and navigate the fraught waters of friendship, flirtation, and finding herself. HBP Setting / Part of the Frickles & Friends Oneshot Compendium

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    30 Aug 2022

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    Nice characterization of Demelza, a background character. Ginny and Hermione’s friendship and cattiness are realistic and interesting to think about. The story doesn’t feel complete, though. It’s hard to tell what Harry feels for Demelza or why he feels that way.

    Also on FanFiction.Net.

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    After Voldemort possesses Harry in the Department of Mysteries, the Horcrux in Harry’s head awakens. While it’s grown closer to Harry over the years that it shared his soul, it’s still a piece of Voldemort. And this piece of Voldemort doesn’t see any reason it shouldn’t have everything it wants: Harry seduced to the Dark side and completely becoming a living Horcrux.

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    30 Aug 2022

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    The plot was interesting. Riddle’s thoughts about his plan felt a bit repetitive and cliché for the first two thirds. The romance was not my thing.

    Also on FanFiction.Net.

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    Vince and Greg aren’t smart, really, but they recognize when someone is worth following around. For a long time, that’s been Draco Malfoy. Now Harry Potter, in their second year, reveals he can talk to snakes, so that must mean he’s the Heir of Slytherin. So he’s the obvious choice to follow around.

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    30 Aug 2022

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    A fun idea. It accepts Greg and Vince as they appear to be in canon. Reading Greg and Vince’s flawed reasoning does make me cringe, though. I do wish the story explored more future events.

    Also on FanFiction.Net.

  11. Public Bookmark 66

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    It really shouldn’t have been a surprise.

    Disappearing without warning is what Carmen Sandiego does best, the one constant in the Crimson Ghost’s unpredictable sometimes-criminal career. Nor can Julia say she had any reason to expect that Carmen would notify her before absconding again; even Zack and Ivy, who as far as Julia can tell are the closest thing Carmen has to family, didn’t get an in-person farewell.

    It still hurts.

    Or, in which Julia is not okay and seeks closure after the events of the S4 final showdown.

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    22 Aug 2022

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    Good characterization, particularly Carmen’s troubles with speaking directly, her dealing with trauma and feeling directionless, and Carmen’s show-like fact drop about Buenos Aires. There’s not as much of a plot as I’d hoped, though.

  12. Rec *

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    It's Potter's fault, of course, that Draco finds himself trapped in the same twenty-four-hour period, repeating itself over and over again. It's been nearly a year since the unpleasant business at Hogwarts, and Draco's getting on with his life quite nicely, thank you, until Harry sodding Potter steps in and ruins it all, just like always. At first, though, the time loop seems liberating. For the first time in his life, he can do anything, say anything, be anything, without consequence. But the more Draco repeats the day, the more he realises the uncomfortable truth: he's falling head over heels for the speccy git. And suddenly, the time loop feels like a trap. For how can he ever get Harry to love him back when time is, quite literally, against him?

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    17 Aug 2022

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    A well-executed Groundhog Day story. Draco’s personal growth, his romance, and the setting are believable. The story varies the days much more than most Groundhog Day stories instead of focusing on repeated moments, and it works well to reinforce Draco’s sincerity and keep the story surprising. The few elements other than Draco’s memories that are preserved across days also make the story interesting, both preventing the need to repeat certain events and allowing for more variety across days.

  13. Public Bookmark 47

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    Molly Weasley notices something unsettling on the back of Harry's hand.

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    16 Aug 2022

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    Interesting but sad.

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    Chase saw her wipe at her eyes with the heel of her hand.

    That, he decided, was enough.

    “Alright,” he said, as he opened the driver’s side door. “What is his name?”

    Argent stared at him, startled from her misery by the abruptness of the question.

    “Sir?”

    “This cad who has left you in such a sorry state.” He shoved the bag into her hands as he got back into his seat. “Surely he has a name, no?”

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    12 Aug 2022

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    A realistic exploration of the two Interpol detectives’ characters. Only the lack of scope of the plot hold this back from being a Favorite.

  15. Public Bookmark 12

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    Ten years after Joes travel to "The great before." and his new chance of life.

    Joe gets a special visit.

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    04 Aug 2022

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    Hunted by Voldemort, Hermione and Harry make a last stand in Godric's Hollow. When the Boy-Who-Lived lives no more, Hermione is thrown back in time into another battle where she has a chance to save not only Harry, but another Potter. — Begins Mid Deathly Hallows, AU going forward.

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    01 Aug 2022

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    Exciting at first. Interesting characters, though I’ve read deeper. The extrapolations from canon seemed plausible, and it was nice to see many canon side characters.

    A bit too fluffy overall, and not as much conflict as I’d like. Some problem-solving spells seemed to work arbitrarily or were not adequately foreshadowed.

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    One newspaper article upends Harry's Wednesday morning, as he must deal with the consequences of having the reality of his home life splashed across the front page of The Daily Prophet. It might have been bearable if the information was anything less than the absolute truth.

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    28 Jul 2022

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    At 8/10 chapters written, an intriguing start with good ideas about the implications of Harry’s upbringing being revealed. A “semifavorite” for now, but will probably be a favorite when (if) it is finished.

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    Everything started with a stumble - his new life in a new world as well as his surprisingly successful career as a medium.

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    23 Jul 2022

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    An interesting world with good characterization. I can't fully relate to it, though. There is enough plot to keep me interested throughout the story, but not enough resolution of it to let me feel as much satisfaction/closure at the end as I'd like. The ending, unlike the beginning and middle, focused on the romance, which was not my thing.

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    "No. We were brought here for a reason, Sammy." He grinned at her, a flash of white teeth. "We're here to wreak havoc."

    Sam was not on board with that idea. Absolutely not. They weren't here to exploit this new world. They weren't going to mess with the story just because they could. And she wasn't grinning right back at him.

    No.

    Of course not.

    They were here to make things better. They were here with the foreknowledge of what would happen so they could help people. She wasn't thinking about how much chaos they could create, or how someone like Jim being Harry Potter was going to destroy the entire plot. And she definitely wasn't thinking about the damage they could do to just about everything with magic at their disposal.

    She wasn't.

    "You're right," Sam leaned across the table so they were inches apart as she whispered, "Let's fuck shit up."

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    09 Jul 2022

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    Very funny, with similar wacky humor to The Seventh Horcrux.

    The story kind of peters out at the end, though. It's not bad, just disappointing that it didn't keep the fun up to the same level. Specifically, parts of the plot is left unresolved, though the story accurately observes that that's what the main characters would do. Also, later in the story we start seeing scenes of various side characters reacting to the main characters in horror and bewilderment, and it feels a bit overboard that the characters always get the reactions they love instead of anyone trying to oppose them or dig deeper.

  20. Public Bookmark 22

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    Harry Potter remembers the war, he remembers it so well that he doesn’t think he can ever fight again. He’s done his best to make the world a better place, but the days blend together and he isn’t sure if he’s made the world better for everyone, or everyone but him. On a night like this Harry takes his broom and flies high above the earth, wishing he didn't have to return.

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    02 Jul 2022

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    A well-told short romance between Harry Potter and Luna Lovegood. Both characters are given realistic flaws and good points and the story repeats its themes throughout the story so that they don't seem arbitrary. Harry’s recent past is believably fleshed out whenever it’s relevant.

    I found the romance to be just a little faster than I'd like. It's understandable, as the author was trying to fit it into a short story, but I wish I could have seen a slightly more gradual start. The story leaves me wanting more, but that's a sign of how much I liked the parts that did exist.

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